I had breast augmentation in August and really researched the procedure and visited several surgeons before deciding on Dr. Lyman. I researched for over 6 months and actually visited 3 surgeons before choosing him. He is one of the few surgeons that performs the Transaxillary procedure where the incision is in the armpit. I read some negative reviews about this method of incision and to be honest all 3 previous consults had recommended the Periareolar incision around the nipple. After looking at the photographs on all the web sites and on this blog, I realized that I did not want the scar to be around or under my nipple and I was also skeptical that I would retain all my nipple sensitivity (which is MAJOR to my sexual satisfaction). I was also quite impressed with the before and after photos from Dr. Lynam, and the fact that he uses a camera to scope the path exactly and mold the pocket with precision for the implant to settle in. When I met with him, I found him to be very patient and informative. He did not rush me and answered all of my questions thoroughly. I asked him some in-depth questions and he did not shy away from my questions but answered them openly and honestly. He was willing to spend time with me during the consult process and has been consistently supportive during and after my procedure.
So... what was my outcome? Amazing! I did not want to look "fake" or "out of proportion" to my frame. I only wanted to look healthy and increase the fullness that mother nature and age had diminished. I am thrilled with my results and I have not had the "smooth" experience that most others have had.
On the 6th week post-op, I was working late one weekend night and had to lift and pull a rolling suitcase that weighed about 100 lbs. out of my trunk and up a hill. I tore my pectoral muscle and began hemorrhaging internally. I started swelling and by 3am my left breast was painful, full, and my upper chest area was hard and bulging. I could not move my left arm and the swelling was so bad that my collar bone was completely hidden under the swelling. I tried to call Dr. Lynam but got the "Dr. on call" who told me to put ice on it and take some pain meds and call my Dr. on Monday (this happened Friday night). I was hysterical, scared, and in pain and told him that this was NOT just a little swelling but that I felt that my chest was about to explode. He informed me that he was at his "river house" and that I was over reacting and to calm down. All of this drama was taking place at 4 am in the morning as I was driving 2 hours home with one hand from a work conference. Anyway, in about 15 minutes MY surgeon (Dr. Lynam) called me on my cell phone and after listening to my hysterical rant told me to meet me in his office as soon as I got back into town (even though he was NOT on call). Whew, I immediately felt like I might survive this. I met him at his office early in the morning and went to the nearest hospital for emergency surgery to drain the blood that had filled my chest and replace the implant that had been compromised by my pectoral tear. The next week was no fun because I had to empty a blood filled drain several times a day and I was depressed that I had to have the second surgery but I must say that I do not feel like it was my surgeon's fault that I ripped open my pectoral muscle and I am soooo appreciative that he came in on a Saturday when he was NOT on call to repair my disaster and that 2 weeks out, my breast still looks amazing and beautiful. He did not charge me for his repair or for the 2nd implant... even though reasonably, the damage was my own fault. I (and my health insurance) do have to pay the hospital surgical fee and anesthesia fee but that is beside the point. The point is... if you live in Richmond, VA or the area and you are looking for a compassionate, skilled and dedicated surgeon to perform your breast augmentation, you should contact Dr. Lynam at Richmond Surgical Arts. I will forever be his fan! I will post my before and after photos this week. I am digging around for the before... I have lots of the after, LOL.